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Airfix 1/72 EE Lightning F.2A (A04054) ATF In-Box Review

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History:
This kit is the 11-12-2013 issue of the iconic English Electric Lightning F.2A. The F Mk 2/2A was not designed as a replacement for the F Mk 1/1A, but for a different scenario from the outset. The final F Mk 2A standard was first reached on XN726 (c/n 95098). It retained the AI.23 radar, Firestreak armament and nose guns of the F Mk 2, while in every other way it looked like an F Mk 6. It was flown in this form for the first time by J.L. Dell on 28-3-68, and was passed on to No. 19 Squadron on 7-6-68. Of all the Lightning versions, the F Mk 2A was to become the best all-round performer. Its engine was optimised to the aircraft’s air intake, and although some 2,000lb (910kg) heavier than the F Mk 1A it could carry an extra 3,100lb (1405kg) of fuel. It still weighed some 500lb (230kg) lighter than the F Mk 6, and it was claimed to fly up to two hours at high level on internal fuel alone. Both Nos. 19 and 92 Squadrons soldiered on with the F Mk 2A until they were eventually replaced by the Phantom in the early months of 1977. Some F Mk 2/2As were delivered to BAC for its Saudi Arabian contract.

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This kit is 1/72 scale with 92 parts moulded on four grey runners and one transparent sprue.
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Runner B
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Runner C
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Runner D
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Runner F
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The absence of Runner E indicates that future variants will be issued :idea:

The kit is manufactured in India and the decals are printed by Cartograf. The kit is marked as Skill Level 2 and the box carries 1 Flying Hour, RRP is £14.99. Paints (not included) are listed as 11, 22, 24, 33, 53, 56, 61, 78, 85, 102, 145, 163, 165, 186 and 191. Humbrol 25 and 35 are also required for decal option B (although this says A on the box). Instructions come in a 12-page A4 booklet with an addendum sheet for stencil placements. Assembly is illustrated in 38 exploded diagrams in the new style with red features. Two decal options are provided, printed to the usual high quality that Cartograf have become renowned for.
    • A. XN781 flown by Wing Commander R. K. Barcilon, No. 19 Squadron, R.A.F. Gutersloh, late 1974.
    • B. XN793 flown by Wing Commander J. B. Mitchell, Commanding Officer No. 92 Squadron, R.A.F. Gutersloh, August 1972.
Option A is in the Dark Green upper and NMF under surface scheme, whereas option B is NMF with the Dark Blue spine and fin.
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I compared the mouldings against the drawings of Richard J Caruna.
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There are small differences, although I could not confidently state whether the drawings or the kit are accurate. I used SAM Publications Modellers Datafile – The English Electric Lightning as my reference.

And a comparison with the F Mk 6 drawing
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PostPosted: Sat 14 Dec 2013 14:13 pm 
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Personally, I wouldn't put a lot of faith in those drawings. :wink:

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Looks rather a nice kit, and a great review Ratch...going to have to try and convince Santa to get me a couple :thumb: Looking forward to the review build :snack:

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The FOD 'guard?' looks like a nice touch ;)

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PostPosted: Sat 14 Dec 2013 23:17 pm 
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I'll be getting one. :)

Funky instructions with shading and red highlights. I like.

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Looks to be another stunner !
Hope that Airfix continue their policy of adding FOD guards to kits. :clapping:

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I too have just bought one of these & it is indeed a little cracker. I just need to find enough free-time to start building it! :roll:
Looking forward to buying the Swift FR5 when that comes out later this year. :wink:

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